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Keren-Happuch: Nigerians Sign Petition Calling For Probe Into Case Of 12-Year-Old Abuja Student Allegedly Raped To Death

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Keren Happuch: 12-Year-Old Girl Dies After Used Condom Was Found Inside Vagina

Online petition seeking a probe into the death of Karen-Happuch Akpagher, a 14-year-old boarding house pupil of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, who was allegedly raped has been launched.

The petition was on popular web-based petition aggregator, change.org and as at the time of filing this report, 1500 signatures out of the 2500 signatures it sought was recorded. 

The petition was started by one Franklin Obesta to the UNICEF, Human Rights Campaign, Hillary Clinton, Change.org, the United Nations and United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The petitioner stated that the school had to provide some answers as to how a condom got into the body of the 14-year-old, who was at the time at the school’s boarding facility.

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It reads;

This petition is for Keren-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher, a 14 year-old student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, Nigeria who was raped, sodomised anally, bullied into silence, and died of septic shock from a condom left in her genitals.

The school management has successfully stonewalled and prevented all information from emerging. The post-mortem examination on the body of the deceased confirmed that Keren-Happuch had “whitish patches and excoriations on the labia majora and patulous anal opening and laxed anal sphincter with hymen absent”, which they argued is “a clear confirmation of sexual abuse that is rape and sodomisation of Keren-Happuch.

The statement added;

Let the school management stop their media claims that Keren-Happuch died of diabetes and provide answers to the autopsy report and explain how condom got into the deceased genitals since she stayed in the boarding school.

Personally, I have been a victim of rape at the age of 12. I battled the memories of my abuses up to 25 years. The experience created an unusual hatred in me towards people and it greatly affected my social life. On the account of recovering from the mental effect of the abuses I suffered from the abuse, I take seriously all cases of rape till justice is served or the victim is healed.

Recall that in July, mother of the victim, Vihimga Akpagher, lamented the death of her child while attributing it to carelessness on the part of the school management.

According to the mother of the deceased, Karen-Happuch was alleged to have died of an infection after a condom was found in her private part.

It was believed that the girl was sexually abused in the school before her mother took her to the hospital on June 19, 2021 for treatment.

Karen-Happuch, however, died two days later in a hospital in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

Meanwhile, the school issued an official statement countering the statement of the mother.

The school stated that Karen left the school in a healthy condition as opposed to what her mother said.

Giving an update about investigation into the case, freelance investigative journalist, David Hundeyin revealed that scandal was being contained because the owner of the school is Akinsola Akinfemiwa.

He is former CEO of Skye Bank, current Chairman of Heritage Bank and a board member of Transmission Company of Nigeria.

He further stated that while doing everything to frustrate the investigation and stop journalists from accessing information, Premiere Academy hired a public relations company to distort the public story with sponsored articles.

 

Hundeyin added that FCT Police Command has also refused to release the autopsy report of the deceased.

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